“I am an American-born artist and a mother of two children.
Of equal importance to these two significant aspects of myself I also have an ongoing commitment to working and witnessing in creative ceremony and ritual, in mentoring women in workshops that include Story, Art and Transformation and in living on a small organic farm in the Pacific Northwest.
This current work explores ideas of planetary healing through the metaphorical process of Kintsugi, the art of golden repair.”
Find Debra’s work at www.DebraGoldmanStudio.com
Debra’s image, Recordar, “to pass back through the heart”, is featured on our cover this issue as well as fragments next to the titles of each of our essays in the PDF version.
Title: Hetaira Mediatrix Tryptich
by Vera Long
These ‘Hetaira Mediatrix illuminations’ were inspired by an archetypal workshop conducted by Gary Bobroff, M.A.
About the Artist
A key word to describe Vera Long’s art and life would be vitality. She simultaneously dwells in a netherworld of tactile emotion and refined ambiguity while exploding out with fierce mark-making and completely unrestrained color. She communicates a boldness of statement but with a subtle peripheral sensibility. She grew up in Los Angeles attending French and art schools. She left the urban jungle for another, traveling to Africa and living with the nomadic people of Uganda—the Karamojong.
She was a wild land firefighter for 6 years before starting a family. Her family narrowly surviving a landslide reignited a fierce passion for direct interaction with life through the numinous and unseen in art, which makes her doubly happy to call the spiritually-minded enclave of Ojai home.
She is an avid fan of Jungian depth psychology and Toni Wolff’s feminine archetypal work in the context of exploring and uncovering personal mythologies as well as dream interpretation. She is a member of the Ojai Studio Artists and is currently teaching a series of workshops in the ancient and beautifully meditative practice of Suminagashi and Turkish marbleizing with vividly colored waterborne inks onto silk—known as ‘Ebru’ (word derived from Ebrî : “cloud” and Abrû : “water surface”). To see more work, visit www.veralong.com.